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December 13, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Mayor Nickels and the city budget

Sound familiar?

Our honorable mayor thinks that now is the ideal time to push forward 20 to 30 percent raises for three of the city’s top department heads because, “part of having a well-run city government is attracting and retaining top-quality directors.” [“Hefty raises for top city posts? Not a chance,” page one, Dec. 11.]

It seems to me that this is exactly the kind of irrational hubris that led countless boards of directors to hand out $100 million dollar bonuses to idiots who couldn’t be counted on to balance their own checkbooks, let alone the national banks and multinational companies for which they were ultimately responsible.

This request is yet another example of how hopelessly out of touch with the basic needs and desires of Seattle residents Mayor Greg Nickels is. At the very least, it should be regarded as a slap in the face to any hardworking, competent taxpayer forced to toil under this administration and its fantasies.

— Alex Baker, Seattle

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